The Cosmetic Consultation
The cosmetic consultation is your first opportunity to meet the team. At this relaxed and informative appointment we will listen to your concerns, assess your problems, offer options for treatment, answer your questions and design your new smile.
The latest in computer imaging technology is used to help us design your smile. You are guided through a series of informed choices as part of this design process. We use the principles of smile design in conjunction with your preferences to design your ideal smile.
A digital photograph of your smile is taken at the consultation and manipulated on-screen using a specially designed graphics program. Your direct feedback as the design develops allows us to create and refine the image of your ideal smile in front of your eyes. We take great care to show you only predictable results.
Having designed your smile we provide you with a treatment plan. This has a full and detailed breakdown of costs involved together with your imaging picture. Our treatment plans are valid for six months from the consultation date.
Major changes to the smile can often be completed in only 2 visits using porcelain veneers, crowns or bridgework. Results are totally predictable. Here's how:
Design your smile with computer imaging. We'll help you choose your ideal smile and show you how it would look using the latest computer technology. This is done at your first appointment, the cosmetic consultation.
In all but the simplest case, we will transform the imaging picture into a 3D model. Not just on the computer but a model you can pick up and examine.
You can check the aesthetics from every angle, and we can check the function. All this is done before we touch a tooth.
Now here's the really clever bit: When you are ready to proceed, the teeth are sculpted and temporaries placed that replicate the 3D model exactly. You can trial the proposed smile design in your own mouth, before anything is set in stone. These temporaries can be fine tuned to your precise requirements and any changes can be duplicated in the finished restorations.
Final delivery of your new smile - exactly as we've planned it with you. Our master ceramist duplicates the smile design in the final restorations and adds the fine colour, surface anatomy and texture to bring your new smile to life! These miniature works of art look beautiful even close-up. It's time to get out there and show off your great new smile.
Here are just a few of the most important principles we use to help design your smile
Ideally the smile line should be aligned so it is parallel to the horizontal. This tends to be preferable even when the eye line does not coincide with this level.
Symmetry around the centreline is of great importance for an aesthetically pleasing smile. Even when this is not 100% possible, the illusion of symmetry should be created. This can often be achieved by ensuring symmetry of the two front teeth and other teeth close to the midline. Further away from the midline, asymmetry is not so noticeable.
The smile line connects the biting edges of the top teeth. Ideally this line should follow the curve of the lower lip. A flat smile line looks aged and worn. A curved smile line looks more youthful. Women tend to have more curved smile lines than men.
The gum line connects the highest points of the gum levels of the upper teeth. Ideally this line should follow the line of the upper lip, to ensure reasonable gum exposure and optimum display of the teeth.
A smile of normal width allows one to see the ideal progression from front to back teeth. In a narrow smile the side teeth are often in shadow so the front ones appear to stand alone.
Embrasures are the little triangular spaces between the tips of teeth. Without these, teeth would look like piano keys. Embrasure spaces should be smallest between the two front teeth and get gradually larger further back.
The 'golden rules' of proportion are made to be broken but they do provide an excellent starting point. These rules describe an ideal ratio of the visible widths of the front six teeth: 1.6:1.0:0.6
There are also guidelines as to the ideal proportion of each individual tooth. For example the recommended ideal width to height ratio for the two front teeth is: 0.7:1.